Blacks@Dartmouth 1775 to 1960

Frederick Douglass Stubbs

First Black Physician Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery

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Dartmouth College A.B.

Class of 1927

Phi Beta Kappa

Harvard (M.D.)

Born  1906  Wilmington DE

Died 1946 Wilmington DE

Quotes from Biographical Sources

Dr. Frederick Douglass Stubbs, 39, brilliant chest surgeon and former medical doctor of Douglass Hospital here, died suddenly Sunday of a heart attack while en route by train from New York to Long Island City. With him at the time were his wife, Mrs. Marion Turner Stubbs, a widely known concert pianist, and Dr. and Mr. James P. Ramsey of this city. The party had planned to attend a dinner with friends. The attack, according to Dr. Ramsey, occurred at about 4 p.m. Sunday. Dr. Stubbs was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital in Long Island City.

Practiced 13 Years: The young surgeon who had practiced for 13 years and maintained an office 1920 N. 12th St., had not previously complained of a heart ailment. Born in Wilmington, Del., Dr. Stubbs was the son of the late J. Bacon Stubbs, a widely known physician and a member of that city's Board of Health for many years.

Phi Beta Kappa Man: He took his pre-medical work at Dartmouth College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He later graduated cum laude from the medical school of Harvard University. Known internationally for his work in therapeutic surgery, Dr. Stubbs was a member of many medical societies and hospital staffs.

He was chief to the surgical departments of the Douglass and Mercy Hospitals here. He held the position of acting chief surgeon of the Philadelphia General Hospital's chest department, associate in surgery at the Jefferson Hospital, and was a member of the courtesy staff of the Hahnemann Hospital.

Number Memberships: Secretary of the surgical section of the Main Medical Association, he held membership in the American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American College of Chests Physicians, American Board of Surgeons, State Medical Society of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Medical Society. Finding time from a busy medical practice, he served on the boards of the Community Chest and Cheney State Teachers' College.

Wife, 2 Daughters Survive: In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Marion Patricia, 10, and Frederica Turner, 6; his mother, Mrs. Blanche W. Stubbs of Wilmington; and two sister, Mrs. Jeanne Jamison of Wilmington, and Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, wife of a University of Chicago professor. His father-in-law, Dr. John T. Turner, a police surgeon and member of the Board of Education, is president-emeritus of the staff of Douglass Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Chew Establishment with burial at 12 noon from the Church of Annunciation, 12th and Diamond Sts., where he was a vestryman.

Dr. F. D. Stubbs, Noted Chest Specialist, Dies. (Feb 15, 1947). Baltimore Afro-American, p. 1.

Other source(s)

  1. Stubbs, Frederick. (Mar 3, 1926). Letter from Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Gamma Chapter to W. E. B. Du Bois. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. Retrieved from
  2. In Memoriam. (Jan 1948). Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, 40(4), 78.

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